Patio Door Selection: Hinged Door Basics and Types

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on sliding patio doors and why you might consider purchasing them. One of two common patio door types, sliding doors compare in several ways with hinged patio doors, and are often the final two options homeowners choose between for their patio entryway.

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re happy to provide a wide range of both these door options, from sliding choices like the multi-slide door to hinged selections like the folding door and several others. Today’s part two of our series will look at the hinged door and its varieties, plus give a final word on choosing between these two broad styles.

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Hinged Door Basics

Of the two options, the hinged patio door is the more classic and traditional choice. They are hinged at their sides rather than running on a track, allowing them to swing either in or out depending on the other components of your space.

Generally speaking, hinged patio doors will come with either two operable doors that swing from both sides or a single hinged door. They can be crafted into several design styles, including those that are a bit more modern if this matches the aesthetic of the rest of your home.

Hinged Door Types

There are a few options for hinged patio doors available:

  • Single-hinged: A single door panel that’s often used as a format entrance, or may link to a sunroom, deck or similar area. In many cases, a single-hinged patio door will be paired up with a large window or two to create a glass-wall aesthetic, one that opens up the space and makes it feel larger. Hinged doors will come with either a left or right sidelight, or both if you choose.
  • Double-hinged: These options feature two panels that swing open from the center, often called French patio doors (not to be confused with sliding French options, which we went over in part one). These are both versatile and dramatic, with the option of an in-swing or out-swing depending on your needs.
  • Folding: The folding, or bifold, patio door is one that’s both efficient and durable. It’s a multi-panel door that folds and stacks neatly to the side, blending the environment perfectly between outside and inside.

Making Your Choice

For traditional homes, hinged patio doors tend to be the more common choice; for modern homes, the sliding door is a staple. However, your choice will really come down to which you prefer and how your choice complements areas like aesthetics, functionality and overall home décor. Our pros will be happy to answer any questions about either style to guide you in the right direction.

For more on choosing between sliding and hinged patio doors, or to learn about any of our door replacements, window installation or skylight services, speak to the staff at Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors today.